The special counsel investigation is an ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election. So far, the investigation has indicted 32 individuals of criminal charges. The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions puts the investigation at risk. No one, not even the president, is above the law.

“I think what Bob Mueller and his team are doing is extremely important for the country. There’s a cloud over the nation, and I think the only hope for resolving that is through the special counsel investigation. It’s quite important.” 6.4.18
James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence

"Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is under assault, and that is wrong. No matter who is in the White House, we Republicans must stand up for the sanctity of our democracy and the rule of law." 7.6.18
Bill Frist

Former Senator (R-Tenn)

“I do not believe special counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt. I think it’s a professional investigation conducted by a man that I’ve known to be a straight shooter in all my interactions with him." 7.18.18
Christopher Wray

Director of the FBI


criminal charges

Including lying to law enforcement; conspiring to defraud the United States; obstructing governmental operations, such as by attempting to change or prevent testimony by witnesses; failing to register as a foreign agent; and committing identity and financial fraud.



Facing charges by the special counsel investigation including Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn.



Including five individuals who worked for Donald Trump: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, as well as Michael Cohen and Sam Patten. Cohen and Patten both pleaded guilty in investigations that stemmed in part from the special counsel probe.



As of right now, four people are soon to be, have been, or are in the process of being sent to prison as a result of the investigation. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted at trial of financial crimes while Richard Pinedo, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan have been sentenced to prison.

The Investigator

Who is Robert Mueller?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is an experienced investigator who has served both Republican and Democratic administrations. His boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was appointed by Trump in 2017 but sidelined in November 2018 after Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and installed a Trump loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, to assume authority over the investigation.

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The President

Where trump Fits in

Trump’s former campaign chairman and former national security advisor are among the 35 individuals and entities that have been indicted in the investigation. Mueller is investigating whether Trump was involved in collusion or attempts at collusion during the campaign; whether, as president, he has attempted to obstruct justice; and his long history of business dealings with, and possibly debts from, Russia-connected entities.

On November 7, 2018, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker to oversee Mueller’s inquiry. Trump’s ousting of Sessions comes amid reports that Donald Trump Jr. is increasingly worried that he may soon be indicted on charges of making false statements to Congress and the FBI.

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Democracy Under Attack

The United States faces attempts at interference in its democratic processes, both from foreign political actors and from within the White House. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia attacked our democracy in 2016 to help President Trump’s campaign, and the Republican-led House and the Senate both conducted independent investigations that confirmed Russian interference.

However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the attacks and any involvement with them by Trump has been repeatedly undermined by Trump, members of his administration, and their supporters since it began. Trump's appointment of a long-time Mueller investigation critic to oversee the probe has prompted calls for Whitaker to recuse himself from the the investigation.

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